Saturday, 15 January 2022

Foggy Muddiness

Lower Halstow at 2.30 this afternoon. Fog, bird calls, and thick clay mud, pushed up by machines into a large mud pie for a giant. Not sure what work they are doing there. We only popped by on the way back from Antony's. Unlike the first time we visited, the tide was low and the water wound through the mud until it disappeared into the fog.


Friday, 14 January 2022

Danger Electricity

I would like to be one of those Mudlarks who finds tiny and precious thngs, which will all fit inside a shoebox, and not involve heavy bags dripping with stinking mud and river water on the long walk back to the car. I am not. I see big things and blue things. Blue glass stands out beautifully so can be tiny and I will see it. Bricks with lettering have a strange fascination and I have got a small collection. In this box are all my partial electricity cable bricks. I have one that is nearly whole, and I like the small piece that says CITY. The Ramsay brick is from Rotherhithe. I saw it on a gloomy winter afternoon and decided to be sensible, and leave it embedded where it was. Then I got all obsessive once I got home, and went back early one morning, possibly the next morning but I can't remember. That is one of only two times I have been on the foreshore in the dark. It was very early in the morning, about 5.30 or 6 and a bright full moon. It was a bit scary and spooky but magical at the same time. I knew exactly where it was buried so could go straight there and then home again. The piece of carved marble is from the foreshore at Woolwich. There are lots of pieces of lovely marble there. I still have not been to the foreshore properly for ages, but I did pop down there on the way to Esme the cat on Christmas day. I picked up one thing, a piece of china with a wing on it, possibly that of an angel.

Wednesday, 12 January 2022


Another trip to the storage unit today, and time for a coffee on the beach! It was a beautiful day. I picked up pretty stones, strolled along for a while, then off home again. My storage unit is now very full. We are having some damp curing work done in the bedroom next week, so I have been trying to clear even more stuff. My routine is to go there, then to go on to Sheerness which is about two miles away, and get breakfast from Tesco's cafe, then go to the beach. Last time I went I didn't get to the beach as it was absolutely pouring down. Today was much better. 

 Hi Again! 

The last picture is the remains of a wooden post. So worn but still there! The small piers are called groynes and are there to limit coastal erosion, trap sediment and stop longshore drift.

Saturday, 8 January 2022

Boaty McBoatface

It is not Boaty Mc Boatface, but the Sir David Attenborough. (I think some people voted to name it the first name but the more sensible choice was taken!) (Here is the story of Boaty McBoatface)It is owned by the British Antarctic Survey and is a polar exploration and research ship. It was in Greenwich in October, and I was there early one morning after a cat visit so went to have a look. The light was beautiful and I wanted to post some of the pictures I took, but never got around to it.            A much older ship, The Cutty Sark, and the dome is the Greenwich foot tunnel entrance. 
The Shard and the Post Office Tower, which are about six/seven miles away. Convoys Wharf can just be seen behind the ship. The foreshore there is one of the places I go sometimes, not that I have done that for a while. The site itself is the focus of a local campaign to get it developed into something good for the community, rather than yet another exclusive and expensive property development.
Some pretty hefty lifting equipment.

Happy New Year to anyone reading. I have had a long blogging gap but want to come back now! 

Thursday, 2 December 2021

Beautiful Lily

We had to say good bye to our beautiful Lily on the 14th November, at a little after three o'clock. She had many things wrong with her over the last number of years, but had medication and an adapted living space that met all her needs. But on the Sunday morning, she went blind. It was overnight, and could have been to do with her hyperthyroid disease. Whatever the cause though, the independence that she had would have been lost, and in addition to all her other conditions, we felt it was not fair to her to keep her going any longer. It was strange though, as even though she had, in my opinion anyway, had a traumatic thing happen to her, I could see her starting to adapt to the new situation almost straight away. She was an amazing and clever girl. We had a nice morning together, and she had cuddles, sleeps, ventured out for catnip, and had lots of her favourite food. The vet, as they always are, was very kind. We had to go to one in Beckenham as it was a Sunday so it was the emergency vet. It was very hard to leave her little body there. We now have her back in a little named box. Her name is spelled wrong, but that is part of her history, as the vets always had the wrong spelling, and it makes no difference to anything. She was 20.
Below are a few pictures of her over the years.
Here she is laying on the desk on my papers.
At one time, we always used to leave a plastic bag on the bed for her, as she loved sleeping on them. In recent years she has had a special heated mat which she loved. 

Three tabby girls. Cassie on the left, Tiger in the middle and Lily at the front. 
Even longer ago, The sisters waiting for Andy to feed them!
Lily and Tiger often used to sleep near each other. 
Looking all fluffy and cute in the snow! I think this was around 2007.
We really miss her, but I know it was the right time, and there is comfort in that.

Sunday, 7 November 2021

Sunny Saturday Finds

I had a really busy week last week, as I am now working four days a week, and I had a lot of cat jobs, both morning and evening. Going to bed early and being very organised got me through, but I was glad when Friday arrived! One of my cat visits was to Huba and Mici in New Cross, a sweet combination of huge white boy cat, and tiny black girl cat, both of whom loved the laser toy and their food. Where they live is a dead end street that loops round on itself and is off the very busy main road to New Cross. Amazingly it has no parking restrictions. And even better, I realised halfway through the week that it is about a two minute walk from Deptford Market. I normally park near the dentist in Deptford which is a good 15 minute walk away, so was very happy to find this new place. Saturday morning was my last visit, so I couldn't resist a quick visit to the market afterwards. I found a few tiny things, but my best two finds are below. The doll was lying on top of some shelves on a stall that was mainly selling trainers. There was nothing else remotely old on the stall, and she called for immediate rescue! I love her dress and expression, and all she needs is a little clean of the dress and a new pigtail. The dress can be got off by unpicking a few stitches. 
She is sitting on top of the other great find, a Lloyd Loom laundry basket. I have been looking for a one for ages, and wanted a traditional wicker type with a lid. I have not found anything suitable. As I was about to go back to the car, I realised that I was surrounded by laundry baskets! But they were all either too big, or too dirty. Then I spotted this one. It was five pounds which is a lot cheaper than a modern one. It is slightly bashed but the hinge is good. I gave it a thorough vacuum, and wiped the wipeable bits. I thought about painting it. It is a strange dull pink colour with gold highlights, which at first I thought was someone's bad paint job. Then when I looked them up online I realised that this is how they looked. There was an aqua and gold combo too. I think they had glass tops on too, though maybe not all of them. So I am going to leave it for now. I have made a bag to sit inside out of a vintage tablecloth that Andy got ink on. I need to put some more hooks in, and will find some little toggle buttons or similar to make it easier to remove the lining. Lloyd Loom furniture, in case you didn't know, ( you probably do!) is made from rolled up paper.

"1917 The legendary Lloyd Loom process was invented by an American, Marshall B. Lloyd, who twisted Kraft paper round a metal wire, placed the paper threads on a loom and wove them into what was to become the traditional Lloyd Loom fabric.

William Lusty was a salvage merchant who rescued driftwood that had fallen into the London canals from barges, and then turned them into packing crates. He contacted Marshall B. Lloyd and expressed an interest in obtaining the patent in order to manufacture Lloyd Loom furniture in the UK."

Both of the above are from the great Grace's Guide to British Industrial History.


Sunday, 31 October 2021

Halloween in the House

Halloween arrives on the kitchen table.
A mysterious trunk, the requisite pumpkin, and a rocking horse from the attic. (The shelf)
Worry dolls and spell ingredients. Perfect for today.
"Ooh, aah what's in here?!"
Adventurous Racer rides the horse. She wanted a hat with a skull on and this is my attempt. It looks more like Frankenstein's monster to me but she likes it. 
The others wanted a variety of Halloweenish things. The one I like the best is the crocodile hat which Hope is wearing. Madeline is the witch, AMF is the pumpkin. (She is called AMF because she arrived in the box of an Adjustable Milk Frother and the name has stuck.) Lorna is the ghost and Minnie Sutherland is the cat/bat, we can't decide which. Both are suitable. 
The trunk is quite roomy. I have had it for years. It is an old doll's trunk which is a good thing for young dolls too. 
Hope is doing her best to look scary here as she invites you to join their tiny party. There will be mushroom tea and acorn and pumpkin soup later. 
All apart from Racer held onto their worry dolls. She wasn't in need of one as she wasn't worried about riding the horse. Halloween can be a little worrying if too frightening a film is put on, or the trick or treaters are dressed like clowns. We just had the giant cat Eddie to watch out for, and he had gone home by this time.
We decided to turn the lights off and get out the tiny lights, just for a bit of Halloween atmosphere.

And here is the very brightly lit line up, to show off the hats and ghost a bit better! It looks like a police line up but I promise it isn't!